Behind the Cover: Yara Shahidi on Tracee Ellis Ross, #BlackGirlMagic and Being Comfortable in Your Own Skin

'Blackish' star Yara Shahidi talks Tracee Ellis Ross and why she's a beauty inspiration, loving who we are and how #BlackGirlMagic can be found everywhere you turn.

ESSENCE.COM Jan, 11, 2016
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[MUSIC] Every single outfit was amazing. I think it was really out of the box, everything that we shot today. Something that I hadn't done before so it was exciting to experiment. My beauty role model is Tracee Ellis Ross. My favorite and only tv madre. She is such an inspiration because you Seeing her on a daily basis, she has embraced her natural beauty. And whenever she puts on makeup, it's from a place of empowerment. And it's from a place of, this is what I wanna do with my fact today, not from a place of covering anything up. And she really just accentuates her own features when she does put on makeup, and it's really inspiring to see as a young actress. But just as a young lady, somebody who's so empowered in who they are. Black girl magic for me is one just a way of expressing how fabulous women of color are. Just look around you, because there's plenty of black girl magic around you, and recognize all of the magic that has been set forth in front of us. Embrace who you are. Often times we feel as though beauty standards aren't meant for us They are meant for the majority culture so just understand that you are beautiful in your own way and it's not about looking like that person or looking like that celebrity but looking like you and being so happy that you look like yourself. [MUSIC]